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Joey Dorsey

Joey Dorsey
No. 6 – Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul
Position Power forward / Center
League Turkish Basketball League
Personal information
Born (1983-12-16) December 16, 1983
Baltimore, Maryland
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
High school Laurinburg Institute
(Laurinburg, North Carolina)
College Memphis (2004–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33rd overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Pro career 2008–present
Career history
20082010 Houston Rockets
2008–2010 Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League)
2010 Sacramento Kings
2010–2011 Toronto Raptors
2011–2012 Caja Laboral (Spain)
2012 Olympiacos (Greece)
2012–2013 Royal Halı Gaziantep (Turkey)
2013–2014 FC Barcelona (Spain)
2014–2015 Houston Rockets
2015–present Galatasaray Liv Hospital (Turkey)
Career highlights and awards

Richard Elmer "Joey" Dorsey (born December 16, 1983) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Galatasaray Liv Hospital of the Turkish Basketball League (TBL). He played college basketball for the University of Memphis.

College career

During both his sophomore and junior years on the team, the Tigers ended their season in the NCAA tournament's Elite Eight.[1]

During the 2007 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, as a member of the Memphis Tigers, Dorsey famously called Ohio State center Greg Oden "overrated as a big man", said that Oden "might be as good as Joey Dorsey", and labeled himself "Goliath" and Oden "the little man". The Buckeyes, however, defeated the Tigers 92–76; Oden had 17 points and 9 rebounds while Dorsey finished with no points and three rebounds, and did not attempt a field goal in the 19 minutes he spent on the court.[2][3]

However, during his senior year Dorsey led the Memphis Tigers to the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament championship game with Derrick Rose and Chris Douglas-Roberts. The Tigers fell to Kansas 75–68 in overtime.

Professional career

Houston Rockets

Dorsey was chosen as the 33rd overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. After the draft, he was traded to the Houston Rockets in exchange for the draft rights to the 25th pick, Nicolas Batum. In the 2008–09 NBA season, Dorsey played in 3 games, scoring a total of 2 points, grabbing one rebound, and making one assist.

The Rockets assigned Dorsey to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League.[4] On February 5, 2010, after previously being called back up from the NBDL, Dorsey played a career-high 19 minutes and grabbed 12 rebounds.[5]

Sacramento Kings

On February 18, 2010, Dorsey was traded to the Sacramento Kings in a three team deal that also moved the Rockets' Tracy McGrady to the New York Knicks.[6] On March 28, 2010, Dorsey was waived by the Kings.[7]

Toronto Raptors

On April 4, 2010, Dorsey was signed to a non-guaranteed contract by the Raptors.[8]


In September 2011, Dorsey signed an one-year deal with the Spanish League club Caja Laboral.[9] On January 10, 2012, he parted ways with Caja Laboral.[10] The next day, he signed with the Greek League club Olympiacos for the rest of the season.[11] With Olympiacos, he won the 2011–12 Euroleague championship, as well as the 2011–12 Greek League championship. In August 2012, he re-signed with Olympiacos on a two-year deal.[12] On September 12, 2012, during a preseason exhibition game against Dinamo Sassari, Dorsey ended up shattering a backboard with around two minutes left in the fourth quarter.[13]

On November 7, 2012, Dorsey was released by Olympiacos, ending their relationship two weeks after he criticized the organization and stopped playing with the team.[14] On November 22, 2012, Dorsey signed with Royal Halı Gaziantep of the Turkish Basketball League for the rest of the season.[15] On July 17, 2013, Dorsey signed a one-year deal (with the option of a second) with the Spanish League club FC Barcelona.[16][17]

Return to the NBA

On July 19, 2014, Dorsey signed with the Houston Rockets.[18] On January 21, 2015, he had a season-best game with seven points and 12 rebounds in a loss to the Golden State Warriors.[19]

On July 20, 2015, the Rockets traded Dorsey, Nick Johnson, Kostas Papanikolaou, Pablo Prigioni, a 2016 first round draft pick, and cash considerations to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Ty Lawson and a 2017 second round draft pick.[20] On August 18, 2015, he was waived by the Nuggets in a buyout deal.[21]

Return to Europe

On August 29, 2015, Dorsey signed a one-year, $650,000 contract with Galatasaray Liv Hospital.[22][23]

Awards and accomplishments

College career

  • Conference USA All-Freshman Team: (2004–05)
  • Conference USA All-Tournament Team: (2006)
  • All-Conference USA First-Team: (2006–07)
  • Conference USA All-Defensive Team: (2006–07)
  • Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year: (2006–07)
  • Conference USA All-Tournament Team: (2007)

Professional career

Career statistics


Regular season

2008–09 Houston 3 0 2.0 .500 .000 .000 .3 .3 .0 .0 .7
2009–10 Houston 7 0 7.7 .455 .000 .500 3.6 .3 .3 .1 1.6
2009–10 Sacramento 8 0 6.5 .444 .000 .400 2.3 .0 .1 .1 1.5
2010–11 Toronto 43 9 12.1 .525 .000 .477 4.4 .6 .6 .4 3.1
2014–15 Houston 69 17 12.4 .552 .000 .289 4.0 .4 .6 .4 2.7
Career 130 26 11.5 .534 .000 .375 3.9 .4 .5 .3 2.6

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ ESPN - Dorsey can't back smack, Oden's heading to Atlanta - Columnist
  3. ^ ESPN - Memphis vs. Ohio State - Recap - March 24, 2007
  4. ^ Rockets call up Joey Dorsey from NBA Development League - ESPN
  5. ^ Dorsey gives Rockets a pick-me-up
  6. ^
  7. ^
  8. ^
  9. ^ CAJA LABORAL lands big man Dorsey
  10. ^ Caja Laboral and Joey Dorsey part ways
  11. ^ Olympiacos signs Joey Dorsey
  12. ^ OLYMPIACOS re-signs Dorsey through 2014
  13. ^ Ex-Rocket, King and Raptor Joey Dorsey shatters backboard with dunk during game for Greek team Olympiacos (VIDEO)
  14. ^ Olympiacos officially releases Dorsey
  15. ^ Dorsey signs with Gaziantep BB
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  17. ^
  18. ^
  19. ^ Joey Dorsey 2014-15 Game Log
  20. ^
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  22. ^
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